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Denture FAQs

We want you to feel right at home and let you know what to expect on your visit.

A denture or partial has many benefits: it can allow you to look younger, eat more easily, and speak better. Because a denture or partial is a removable prosthetic, it cannot duplicate the exact feel and function of your natural teeth. Yet for many, it can significantly improve your smile and quality of life! DCOF will make every effort to satisfy your expectations. We have made over ten thousand dentures for our patients over the years, so our team is very experienced in helping our patients become successful prosthetic wearers.

A few questions people ask us:

What will dentures feel like?

If you’ve never had a denture or partial before, it may feel awkward until you become accustomed to it and it will take time to adjust to your new prosthetic. Your muscles will have to retrain themselves to talk and eat. Additionally, your bite may feel different. Your prosthetic may feel too large initially and some patients say they feel as if their lips are being “pushed forward” as well. These are all very common things we hear every day from our patients, so don’t worry.

You may also have some discomfort until your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures. This is a normal part of the healing process and our dentists can address any problem areas that persist during your adjustment appointments.

Realistic expectations as a new denture or partial wearer are essential. It will take time, patience, and regular visits to DCOF to be a successful denture wearer. If all the necessary steps are followed, the transition will go as smoothly as possible. Our DCOF team strives to address any concerns you may have during the adjustment process.

What will I look like?

At DCOF, we strive to make your smile look like your own and your denture or partial will closely resemble your natural teeth. They will often fill out the appearance of your face and your profile giving you a younger, healthier appearance. Our team works diligently to ensure your prosthetic will look beautiful yet natural. It may take time to get used to the look of your new prosthetic, but we know DCOF can provide the beautiful smile you desire.

Will I be able to eat with my dentures?

Yes, but initially it will take practice. Begin with small amounts of food and cut it into small pieces. DCOF recommends starting with soft, non-sticky foods. As you become accustomed to chewing with your partial or denture, you will soon be able to eat most foods again.

Will dentures change how I speak?

At first, pronouncing certain words may require practice. If you find that your dentures “click” while you’re talking, try to speak slower. If your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough, or smile, reposition the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing. After a transition period, your speech patterns will return to normal.

How long should I wear my dentures?

Your dentist at DCOF will provide instructions about how long dentures should be worn. Generally, it is best to take dentures out before going to bed.

Should I use denture adhesive?

Denture adhesives can provide additional retention for a normal fitting denture. However, it is not the best solution for old, ill-fitting dentures. If you find you are using more than a small amount of adhesive, you should visit DCOF to determine the options available to ensure a great fit for your prosthetic.

How do I take care of my dentures or partials?

Dentures are very delicate. Both full and partial dentures require proper care to keep them looking their best.

Denture care guidlines:

  • Handle your dentures carefully.
  • Remove and rinse dentures after eating.
  • Clean your mouth after removing your dentures.
  • Brush your denture at least daily. Just like natural teeth, daily brushing will remove deposits and plaque. This will prevent your denture from becoming permanently stained, and also helps your mouth stay healthy.
  • It is best to not allow a denture to dry out completely. When not worn, it is best to store in water. Denture cleansers can be used 1-2 times per week. Store dentures away from pets.
  • Rinse your dentures with water before putting them back into your mouth especially if using a denture soaking solution.
  • DCOF recommends an annual visit to check and clean your denture, and to perform a soft tissue exam and oral cancer screening.

Can I make minor adjustments or repairs to my dentures?

No. You can damage your dentures or potentially harm your health by trying to adjust or repair your denture or partial. A denture that is not fitted properly by a dentist may cause irritation and sores in the mouth. DCOF is always available for an adjustment appointment to ensure the best fit for your prosthetic!

Will my dentures need to be replaced?

Dentures are made from acrylic and will deteriorate over time due to constant handling, talking, and chewing. Dentures may also become loose as your mouth changes with age or variations in weight. The bone in your gum can shrink causing your jaws to align differently. If your denture becomes loose, you can develop sores, and have difficulty speaking and chewing.

Eventually, all dentures will need to be relined or remade. To reline a denture, the dentist uses the existing denture teeth and makes a new denture base. Relines are recommended every 3-5 years to maintain the best fit and look of your prosthetic. A denture that shows signs of significant wear and tear and an ill-fit can be remade, so our patients can be completely comfortable again.

According to the ADA, “The normal lifetime of dentures is about 5 to 10 years, but this can vary depending on the patient. It is important to replace worn or ill-fitting dentures before they cause problems. Your dentist will let you know when it is time to reline or replace your dentures.

How do I best care for my mouth?

Even as a denture wearer, you still need proper oral care. Every morning, you should brush your gums and palate with a soft brush prior to placing your denture or partial. This routine will help keep your mouth healthy.

How often should I schedule dental appointments?

Our dentists will advise you when you should return for your checkup. Even with dentures, it is important to have regular dental visits to assure proper fit and to ensure a healthy mouth and gums. Soft tissue exams and oral cancer screenings are recommended once per year. Professional cleaning of your prosthetic is recommended once per year. Your mouth will continue to change throughout the duration of your life. DCOF is here to ensure you maintain a healthy smile!